2014 Linebacker Interested In Irish

With a father who played in the SEC, Dante Booker of Akron (OH) St. Vincent-St. Mary High School could easily look south to continue his football career. However, the class of 2014 outside linebacker also knows academics must be taken into account, giving him early interest in Notre Dame.

Akron (OH) St. Vincent-St. Mary is well known to sports fans as the prep home of NBA basketball star LeBron James. However, the Irish have also seen their share of football talent walk their halls.

Dante Booker is well on his way to being the next big-time athlete to come out of the Northeast Ohio program following his performance at the NFSC on Saturday.

"I think I improved on last year just a little bit," said Booker. "Last year I had about an 87 as a freshman and this year I got a 92.88."

While Saturday allowed the 6-foot-3, 210-pounder show off his athletic skills, academics have his looking at another team called the Irish.

"I'm definitely interested in any school that is interested in me," explained Booker. "Notre Dame is a school I have interest in academically."

Irish head coach Brian Kelly has always shown a liking to players who have seen family members play football at the college and pro level. Booker is following in his father's footsteps and takes advice from his daily.

"My dad played at Auburn University," said Booker. "He then went on and played with the Colts for a little bit.

"He gives me a ton of advice and tells me to always play with a motor and just keep playing. So that is what I do every day."

On the file Booker knows his game is still a work in progress.

"I feel I need to improve on my strength," he said. "I'm pretty fast right now and just need to square up my strength to get better."

What things will Booker look for in a college when the time comes?

"I'll be looking hard at academics," said Booker. "I'll also be looking at their athletic facilities and just the general environment of the campus."

Has there been any plan made to camp with the Irish or any other program this summer?

"I plan to hit camps pretty hard," said Booker. "Right now I know I'm going to Ohio State. I also have interest in Michigan and Wisconsin right now."

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